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#467455 - 06/30/13 01:09 PM BZE to Flores questions  
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LaurieMar Offline
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From BZE, I want to do a 3-4 day side trip to Tikal/Flores and looking at Tropic flights. Those of you that have done this, do you have any recommendations for Guatemala...lodging, restaurants, tours? A sunrise tour of Tikal is in the top of my wishlist!

#467459 - 06/30/13 06:55 PM Re: BZE to Flores questions [Re: LaurieMar]  
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I went some years ago - flew in, rented a car, drove to Flores for lunch and shopping and then on to the Camino Real for our lodging. It's a nice place - high on the hill above the big lake and with remarkable views. Also they hosted an every-evening sunset cruise on a roomy old crew boat. I would go back.
Coppola has a place nearby and the folks from Victoria House have one close by too. The lake is impressive, so perhaps it's the primo address around there.
Having your own car you can drive on to Tikal when you wish .....
Sunrise at Tikal could be better done from one of the in-park lodges? I was not particularly impressed with the ones we saw (looked rough) but things could have changed substantially since I was there.
As great ruins go I like Caracol better, but the overall experience of Tikal is not to be missed.

#467460 - 06/30/13 07:31 PM Re: BZE to Flores questions [Re: LaurieMar]  
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Basically agree with Diane. I think the Coppola place, La Lancha, is pretty amazing and not that expensive compared with his two places in Belize. Excellent food, and the rooms even have air-conditioning (unlike Turtle Inn and Blancaneaux). The only downside is that there are a lot of steps to climb if you have any mobility issues. The little town of Flores is charming, too, at the end of a causeway in the lake, and probably worth at least a night's stay, but staying at the park or at one of the upscale places like La Lancha overlooking the lake are musts.

Hertz has a quality car rental operation at the Flores airport (actually the airport is in Santa Elena). Prices are about half of what you'd pay in Belize, and in Flores you get newer, low-mileage vehicles. Tabarini is also good.

The rules keep changing at Tikal park, but I think to do the sunrise tour at Tikal now you have to stay at one of the three lodges in the park. The lodges are overpriced for what they are -- no a/c, power off for much of the day, not always good service -- but you can't beat the location and the fact that you can get back for a mid-day snooze or swim at the two lodges, Tikal Inn and Jungle Lodge, that have pools. It's really hot and humid at Tikal most of the year.

I love Caracol, but Tikal in my opinion is the most amazing of all the Maya ruins in the region. Wonderful structures, lots of wildlife, but just hot as heck.

--Lan Sluder

#467461 - 06/30/13 07:43 PM Re: BZE to Flores questions [Re: LaurieMar]  
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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I must have blanked on the Victoria House folks (Lancaster Group) having a place near Tikal. I know they have an inn in Antigua, Guatemala, and are opening a place in Roatán, besides the wonderful Victoria House in San Pedro and some hotels in the U.S. What's the name of their Tikal area place?

--Lan Sluder

#467493 - 07/01/13 01:30 PM Re: BZE to Flores questions [Re: LaurieMar]  
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Diane Campbell Offline
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I may be wrong on the Victoria House thing - let me check.
Would usually bet that Lan is more up to date on things than I am!

#467510 - 07/01/13 07:47 PM Re: BZE to Flores questions [Re: LaurieMar]  
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Lan and Diane: Thanks for the great information, it all looks really good....need to do some research!

#467528 - 07/02/13 06:35 AM Re: BZE to Flores questions [Re: LaurieMar]  
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VH had a hotel in Antigua, but sold. All info above is great; I would suggest lagoon boat tour, Ceibal and Ya Xha sites. Zip lines en route to Tikal as well. You can spend 1.5 days in Tikal and include the less visited El Mundo Perdito area of Tikal

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